I’m not sure if I should be all that shocked that both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer appeared before media cameras to purposefully deceive the American people, or that the same media dutifully reported the same bold-faced lies as fact.
As seen in the videos below, both Pelosi and Schumer openly stated that if President Trump were to order a strike against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Commander-in-Chief would first be required to obtain approval from both chambers of the US Congress.
Perhaps I should feign surprise that both legislators have somehow forgotten possibly the most important law to ever come out of the halls of Congress in the wake of the Vietnam War: The War Powers Act of 1973.
As cited by Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute in regard to U.S. Code; Title 50; Chapter 33; Section 1544(a)(b), the president actually has 90 days to commit American troops to battle without congressional authorization (emphasis mine);
(a) Transmittal of report and referral to Congressional committees; joint request for convening Congress
Each report submitted pursuant to section 1543(a)(1) of this title shall be transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President pro tempore of the Senate on the same calendar day. Each report so transmitted shall be referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate for appropriate action. If, when the report is transmitted, the Congress has adjourned sine die or has adjourned for any period in excess of three calendar days, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate, if they deem it advisable (or if petitioned by at least 30 percent of the membership of their respective Houses) shall jointly request the President to convene Congress in order that it may consider the report and take appropriate action pursuant to this section.
(b)Termination of use of United States Armed Forces; exceptions; extension period
Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 1543(a)(1) of this title, whichever is earlier, the President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless the Congress (1) has declared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces, (2) has extended by law such sixty-day period, or (3) is physically unable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon the United States. Such sixty-day period shall be extended for not more than an additional thirty days if the President determines and certifies to the Congress in writing that unavoidable military necessity respecting the safety of United States Armed Forces requires the continued use of such armed forces in the course of bringing about a prompt removal of such forces.
Now, I’m just a banged-up retired Marine… but I’m smart enough to know that as long as the president notifies the Constitutionally highest ranking members of the House and Senate within the prescribed amount of time, 60 days+30 days still equals 90 days.